The Figo’s interiors are based on the Fiesta saloon but have been redesigned extensively. The lower half of the dashboard is similar to the Fiesta, which means it is supremely practical with generous storage in the central console, door pockets and glovebox. The dashboard ‘topper’ is all new and smartly shaped with lots of edgy bits. However, the optional red colour for the dash top is really jarring but thankfully there’s an all-black interior that you can choose too.
Splashes of silver, especially around the air vents, look great and lend an air of sophistication to the cabin. The plastics don’t have the richness you now expect in a big hatch but the plastics are hardwearing and the switchgear have a solid, workmanlike feel.
Equipment levels though are a mixed bag. On the top-end version, safety essentials like ABS and airbags are standard as are luxury items like electric power mirrors, a new double DIN audio system with MP3 and Bluetooth connectivity. What’s missing is steering adjust and steering-mounted audio controls but the biggest bit of penny pinching is the absence of power windows at the rear.
There is loads of legroom in the front, even for six-footers. The front seats with their firm padding and durable material are pretty comfy and visibility is excellent. In fact,
the Figo’s generous glass area and low window sills have given it a particularly airy cabin. It’s just as
well that the Figo retains the Fiesta’s big-capacity air-con compressor, which is particularly effective even in peak heat.
The driver’s seat adjusts for height but not the steering wheel which can sometimes feel odd, especially if the seat is dropped to its lowest setting.
Despite the overall length of the car and the long wheelbase, legroom at the rear is not a Figo strength. That’s because the Figo with its sloping roof is low-slung at the rear and passengers have to crouch a bit and that takes up more kneeroom than when sitting more upright. To make up, Ford has cleverly liberated plenty of foot space below the front seats, which ensures you never really feel cramped. Another plus point is the generous width and long seat squab, great for underthigh support.
The Figo provides exceptional boot space and the design of the hatch makes it easy to load as well. Two suitcases can be squeezed in without dropping the single-piece bench (there is no split).